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Our People, Our Stories

Stories from our people who are experiencing life changing opportunities through our work and services.
Evan and Jill

Hand Your Life Over to God

7 Apr | 2015

When they first met, Evan and Jill were living chaotic lives driven by drug use. But both were desperate enough to give God the chance to work in their lives.

Lower Hutt Family Store

Welcome to the Family Store

17 Mar | 2015

The Salvation Army runs 125 Family Stores across New Zealand, selling donated second-hand goods. They are among the most well-known and visible parts of the Army’s work.

Jo Wardle in a flying fox at Blue Mountain Adventure Centre

From strength to strength

16 Mar | 2015

Last year was the busiest year yet for The Salvation Army Blue Mountain Adventure Centre and this year the centre is marking 25 years since it opened.

Tau and Trish Mataki

New Māori Ministry Leaders

5 Feb | 2015

Meet Lieuts Tau and Trish Mataki, The Salvation Army’s new national Maori Leaders.

Robert Adams and family

Living the dream

26 Jan | 2015

Becoming a Salvation Army officer (minister) was a dream Robert Adams thought had gone, until God stepped in.

Lt Shaun Baker taking a bungee jump in Queenstown

The leap of faith

21 Jan | 2015

On Saturday the 12th of May last year, I woke up and said to myself, ‘Today is the day!’ I caught the AJ Hackett Bungy shuttle with a group of other would-be adrenalin junkies to the Nevis bungy....

Wi Pirihi

Changed by God's love

17 Dec | 2014

Salvation Army music lured Wi Pirihi through The Salvation Army’s door. It was the best change of direction he’s ever made.

Ivan and Glenda Bezzant

Invading the impossible

5 Dec | 2014

After 33 years as Salvation Army officers (ministers) and nine appointments, Majors Glenda and Ivan Bezzant have been through most things the job can throw at them. They say seeing God’s kingdom growing and lives changed is an amazing privilege.


Not all streets are paved with gold

13 Oct | 2014

Hollywood may not sound such a bad place to be homeless. But for one man who was pitched into life on the streets of Los Angeles, the reality was a nightmarish journey that tested his sanity and his faith to their limits.